Delmon Young Returns To Twins After DL Stint

The offensively-challenged Twins are getting back one of their bigger bats, as Delmon Young has been activated from the disabled list.

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Delmon Young Activated By Twins; Rene Tosoni Sent Packing

Previously injured Twins outfielder Delmon Young has completed a very brief and very healthy minor-league rehab assignment, and on Friday - as planned - he has been invited back to hang out with all of his buddies.

The Minnesota Twins have reinstated left fielder Delmon Young from the 15-day disabled list.

The Twins announced the move before Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays and optioned outfielder Rene Tosoni to Triple-A Rochester to make room on the 25-man roster.

Young hasn't played since April 18, and though he went on the DL with a miserable .566 OPS, he was at .826 a year ago, and the Twins will be counting on him to provide a little thump in the middle of a thumpless batting order. As a team, the Twins have batted just .231 with a .325 slugging percentage and rank last in the league in scoring. They need all the help they can get, and Delmon Young should help.

Rene Tosoni and his .494 OPS did not help while Young was away, so Tosoni's off to the minors, where the 24-year-old will await his chance to make a better impression.

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Delmon Young To Play In Extended Spring Training

With last season's breakout performance, Delmon Young looked to be fulfilling the promise he always had as a top prospect. But the 25-year-old has had a tough start to the season, first battling the flu, and then injuring his ribs badly enough to go on the disabled list on April 27. There is a light at the end of the tunnel that leads from the trainer's room, though. From the Star-Tribune:

The Twins need to make room on the roster for Delmon Young to come off the DL on Friday ...

... Young is scheduled to play six innings in left field in an extended spring training game today.

Assuming that the extended spring game goes well, Young will rejoin the team on Friday, and the Twins are hoping that the time he spent away from the lineup was enough for him to shed the wood-eating fungus that's been chipping away at nearly every bat in the Twins' dugout. Ben Revere and Rene Tosoni have split duties in left since Young's injury, with both hitting under .200.

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Delmon Young Rib Injury Apparently Forces Twins Outfielder To DL

Minnesota Twins outfielder Delmon Young hasn't appeared in a game since April 18 due to some soreness in his ribs. Young and the Twins have been taking things day by day, and Young was even in the original starting lineup on Wednesday night, but he was a late scratch after he had trouble getting loose before the game, and it seems that the team has finally decided to place him on the disabled list.

There's no official word just yet, but what we do have is that the Twins have called up minor league outfielder Rene Tosoni, and it seems like it's only a matter of time before Young is announced as the corresponding roster move. That's what Twins writer Kelsie Smith says, anyway, and I'm going to go ahead and take her word.

Because Young hasn't played in so long, his DL stint could be retroactive to April 19, meaning he'd be eligible to return in just a few days. This is simply a way for the struggling Twins to get back to playing with a full roster while Young gets back to 100%. Over 63 trips to the plate, Young has a .566 OPS. The 24-year-old Tosoni has OPS'd .848 so far with AAA Rochester. Tosoni will serve as depth behind Jason Repko and Jason Kubel.

Update: It's official now - Tosoni up, Young down.

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